Building up Christmas stock...

As part of my new organised self I have declared that weekends are for family and home projects only. Forest Flower Designs IS my work and has to be kept to working hours (even if those working hours are anytime between 9am and 10pm Monday to Friday!) in order that we, as a family, have all important family time!

However as I spent most of last week dying from some nasty flu type virus this weekend I really needed to spend some time catching up so I devoted a couple of hours to stuffing...

All of these are Christmas items which means they all have lovely Christmas Spice aroma beads added to the stuffing for a lovely warm festive fragrance. 
It also means my living room currently smells gorgeous!!

A selection of Festive Felines in various Christmas fabrics -  I particularly love the modern multi-coloured star burst print! 

These little birdies will soon have cute colourful felt wings added - they will look just stunning on a pastel themed tree.

There can never be enough red and white hearts on my Christmas tree...
The stuffing bit is the 'hard' work. This week I shall be stitching the holes closed and the fun bit begins - embellishment!!! 

Time to get the felt, buttons, ribbons and trimmings ready....

It's not ALL been about Christmas decorations though. I have been working on these cute little brooches too - Sweet Kitties to wear!!

And how about these cute 'puff' brooches using gorgeous vintage buttons from Nan's button tin?
I think they will make fab pressies - definitely going to add a few more of these to my Christmas craft fair stock pile!

It's half term this week and I already have most of the week planned around activities with Roo so much of this week's Forest Flower work will be crammed into the evenings once he is in bed.
I hope to get that first batch of cats, birds and hearts finished and listed in my Folksy store by the end of the week

To those of you who are busy prepping for the upcoming round of Christmas craft fairs I wish you all the best! 
May we all maintain our sanity at this most wonderfully hectic time of the year!!

Anthea xx


Freaky Folksy Friday...

What does Halloween mean to you?

When I was a kid it wasn't a big deal - it was something they did in the States and we saw on movies (ET anyone?) but not something we really got excited about.  In my late teens it became an opportunity to dress up and go to some really cool parties! As an adult I learnt more about the pagan origins of Samhain (which has very little to do with the dead and much more to do with the end of the summer season, harvest and preparation for Winter).

Now I have a child of my own who is reaching the age where he is becoming aware of Halloween and, in particular that American custom of Trick or Treating! To be honest I'm not mad keen on the idea of him traipsing around the neighbourhood begging for sweeties but I can see spooky themed Halloween parties looming - complete with scary jelly, bobbing for apples and fake spiderwebs everywhere...

This week's Folksy Friday, then, is a celebration of all things spooky!  Don't get too scared now...

1. I love this Skeleton Hands Headband by Janine Basil (check out the Zombie Bunny shoe clips too. So cute!) 2. Cute Halloween cupcake toppers by Amanda Lincoln - perfect for a kids Halloween party! 3. Bat and Circles Garland by Pelemele  4. Light up the night with this Bats tealight holder from Bex by Design  5. Perfect for Halloween crafting! Recycled felt bundle from The Felted Rainbow  6. Screen printed, eco friendly Trick or Treat bags by BYKI Designs would also make cool party bags

Don't forget my very own Halloween designs are available in my Folksy shop right now!

Have the best dressed Halloween party with this fab bunting - polka dots on black and orange interspersed with GLOW IN THE DARK spiderwebs - this really is the coolest bunting! £12.50 for approx 2.5m length and as it's double sided and properly stitched this is bunting for life not just for Halloween (if I was 15 again this would be in my bedroom permanently!).

...and if glow in the dark bunting isn't enough there is ONE glow in the dark kitty left too - I shouldn't really be surprised that these have sold so well. Not only are they very cute with their green embroidered faces, orange pompom collars and pumpkin tummy appliques (nicknamed, rather appropriately 'tumkins' by my friend, children's author Shoo Rayner ) but that fab spiderweb fabric really does glow in the dark!  Great for sitting in the window to spook your visitors or just hiding under the duvet with and watching them glow (or is that just me?).

Whatever you do for Halloween, I hope you have a fab time.

Anthea xx


Hello and welcome to my new blog!

Hello there! Thank you for dropping by...

For those of you who have popped over from Tales from Mount Pleasant - hi there and cheers for showing your continued support!

For those discovering me for the first time - hello! I hope this is the start of a beautiful friendship!!

I have been blogging over at Tales from Mount Pleasant (TFMP) since 2009 and in that time it has seen me through the early years of motherhood, set up my own business and develop as a crafter. What began as a simple chronicle, a diary of the things I got up to with my little man has grown and developed over the years into a fully fledged crafty lifestyle blog as I have settled into my role of a stay at home/work at home mum with a baby/toddler/pre-schooler.  Now Roo is at school it is time for Forest Flower to blossom fully and with that in mind I have set up this blog dedicated to my work!

I hope to share with you new ideas and designs in progress, new stock as it is available and the highs and lows of running a craft based business from home - it can be very stressful and lonely at times but also exhilarating, satisfying and great fun!

I know some of you will be going through the same things so I would like to show my support for all small 'handmade' businesses here too. There will be regular Folksy Friday posts and, once I get my head properly around Etsy and get my shop open on there I will do Etsy treasury features too.  I will also be running articles on individual designer/makers - if you are interested in being featured then please drop me a line! (use the contact me form in the column or tweet me @forestflower23)

Blogging at TFMP will continue (if a little sporadically) - I still have lots of makes, tutorials, recipes and reviews to share with you but my goal is to earn a living as a designer/maker and that is where my focus must be!

I hope you will join me on this journey.

Together we can keep the handmade revolution going!!

Anthea xx